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Prince of

Sep 23rd, 2022 10:52 am | By

Wales says but we don’t want a prince thank you anyway.

The naming of William as the new Prince of Wales was “divisive”, according to a senior Plaid Cymru politician.

“Divisive” is a stupid word. Everything’s divisive. If you mean “bad” say “bad.”

Senedd member Cefin Campbell also asked whether, in today’s “more inclusive” and “egalitarian” society, whether “we need a monarchy at all”.

That’s the real question. Is there any point to this whole monarchy shtick other than demonstrations of inequality?

King Charles announced William and Catherine were Prince and Princess of Wales in his first address as monarch.

Then he got back to pitching fits at fountain pens and inkstands.… Read the rest

Meet “truthful hyperbole”

Sep 23rd, 2022 9:00 am | By

Is it lying or is it just colorful “hyperbole”?

A couple of days ago

Letitia James filed a 220-page lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court accusing Donald Trump and three of his children of using wildly inaccurate evaluations of Trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago and multiple other properties to defraud lenders and cheat on taxes. The result, she said, was a “staggering” and “astounding” scheme that yielded an estimated $250 million in ill-gotten gains.

James termed these financial manipulations “the art of the steal,” a play on the title of Trump’s 1987 bestselling memoir The Art of the Deal. In that book, Trump (or, more likely, his co-author, journalist Tony Schwartz) called his aggressive salesmanship “truthful hyperbole,” which was explained

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Is this the end of the dream?

Sep 22nd, 2022 11:44 am | By

Maybe, maybe, all this criminality will end up being an obstacle to Trump’s dream of returning to the White House dining room so that he can throw more catsup at it.

Donald Trump’s legal perils have become insurmountable and could snuff out the former US president’s hopes of an election-winning comeback, according to political analysts and legal experts.

Meanwhile Politico is arguing that the legal perils just make the base love him more, but even if they’re right about that it won’t do him much good if he’s being held without bail.

On Wednesday, Trump and three of his adult children were accused of lying to tax collectors, lenders and insurers in a “staggering” fraud scheme that routinely

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Sorry about the concussions

Sep 22nd, 2022 11:06 am | By

The Telegraph:

Scottish rugby chiefs have been accused of putting women and girls in danger after the country became the only part of the UK to allow male-bodied transgender players to compete against females in full-contact matches.

Scotland really hates women, doesn’t it. I guess because they won’t wheesht?

Rugby’s governing bodies in England, Wales and Ireland have recently changed their transgender policies to state that only people born as women can play in women’s matches, after peer-reviewed evidence showed male-born athletes retained significant physical advantages.

Next up: governing bodies will say only adults can play in adult matches, after peer-reviewed evidence showed adult athletes have significant physical advantages over children.

Existing rules state that female players must not

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There was much repeating of mantras

Sep 22nd, 2022 10:34 am | By

Lily Maynard has a brilliant long piece about the Brighton meetup and issues that flow from it:

Standing for Women holds various public meetings around the country, most famously at the Reformers Tree in London on the last Sunday of each month but increasingly in other cities. Recent meets have taken place in Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol as well as London, and in Washington DC and New York City in the States. At most of these meetings, held in public spaces, any woman who wishes to can speak to the group about issues that concern her and her sex. Sometimes, when the women are done, male allies get to speak too.

Let’s be clear, we were not meeting in

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Irish Torquemada goes quiet

Sep 22nd, 2022 8:07 am | By
Irish Torquemada goes quiet


She’s locked her account AND she’s blocked me (and I assume a great many other critics of her venomous bullying). Belt AND braces.

She may be feeling unnerved because Allison Bailey, whom she casually called a lot of harsh names yesterday, has demanded a retraction.

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As he understands it

Sep 22nd, 2022 6:40 am | By

Sometimes the alibi just makes the crime worse. Trump on his “declassifying” prowess:

In his first TV appearance since a court-authorized search of his Florida home last month, Donald Trump reasserted Wednesday that any documents taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago were declassified while he was in office, adding that a president can carry that out “even by thinking about it.”

“There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Well, as he understands things isn’t a very good measure of the things. Also it’s the kind of thing he should have been very sure about, not the kind of thing he qualifies with a “could be wrong” disclaimer.… Read the rest

Bad day part 2

Sep 22nd, 2022 3:56 am | By

The 11th Circuit ruled:

A federal appeals court on Wednesday freed the Justice Department to resume using documents marked as classified that were seized from former President Donald J. Trump, blocking for now a lower court’s order that had strictly limited the investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of government materials.

In a strongly worded 29-page decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit set aside key parts of an order by a Florida federal judge that has kept the department from using about 100 files with classification markings in its inquiry into whether Mr. Trump illegally retained national defense documents and obstructed repeated efforts to recover them.

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Children, Mandrake? CHILDREN?

Sep 21st, 2022 4:34 pm | By

Oh puhleeze.

Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr has blasted New York State Attorney General Letitia James for involving the children of former President Donald Trump in a lawsuit.

They were involved in the business. Why wouldn’t they be involved in the lawsuit?

Also they’re bent, and corrupt, and evil, and they have profited hugely from their father’s many crimes. Of course they’re involved.

Barr, who resigned from the Trump administration amid attempts to overturn the 2020 election and has been at odds with the former president since, denounced James’ lawsuit as a “political hit job” and an example of “abuse of office.”

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Sep 21st, 2022 4:03 pm | By

Crimebusters in Ireland

Oh no, a county council and a county library system are following…what, WrongThinkers? And a councillor is going to…what, try to get other council officials to punish them or defund them or report them to the police?

At least she’s proud of her work.… Read the rest

Not actually lost for words

Sep 21st, 2022 12:02 pm | By

Another banning is in progress.

What resource? What organization?

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The materials seized

Sep 21st, 2022 11:17 am | By

You don’t get to “argue” that a law is not a law. At least, you do if you’re a lawyer and in the appropriate court, but you don’t get to if you’re just some asshole who wants to get away with stuff.

The senior federal judge tasked with reviewing the materials seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate sharply questioned the former president’s attorneys Tuesday during their first hearing in his courtroom.

Judge Raymond Dearie repeatedly challenged Trump’s lawyers for refusing to back up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence.

Trump has argued that the 11,000 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI pursuant to

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Sep 21st, 2022 9:43 am | By

Trump has been threatening Big Problems if he is indicted. Nice little country ya got here type of thing.

Trump warned that if he were indicted on a charge of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before.”

Perhaps. Then again perhaps pigs can fly.

Trump, speaking Thursday to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, added, “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”

We would stand for it, sit for it, jump up and down for it, turn cartwheels for it, ride a bicycle from New York to San Francisco for it.

Hewitt, who is also a contributing columnist

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Sep 21st, 2022 9:04 am | By

And it’s on.

The New York state attorney general filed a sweeping lawsuit Wednesday against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization, alleging they were involved in an expansive fraud lasting over a decade that the former President used to enrich himself.

In the more than 200-page lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, alleges the fraud touched all aspects of the Trump business, including its properties and golf courses. According to the lawsuit, the Trump Organization deceived lenders, insurers and tax authorities by inflating the value of his properties using misleading appraisals.

“These acts of fraud and misrepresentation were similar in nature, were committed by upper management at the Trump Organization as

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Sep 21st, 2022 8:43 am | By

“Offensive” isn’t really the issue.

Met officers guilty of sharing offensive messages with Wayne Couzens

A serving Metropolitan police officer and a former officer accused of sharing racist and misogynistic messages in a WhatsApp group with Sarah Everard’s killer have been found guilty of what a judge described as “sickening” and “abhorrent” behaviour.

Those are the issue – racist and misogynist. They’re the issue because of their relevance to how the police treat people and how they investigate crimes against people.

PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, and Joel Borders, 45, had joked about beating and sexually assaulting women, raping a colleague and using Taser weapons on children, their trial had been told.

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A legacy of inclusion

Sep 20th, 2022 5:06 pm | By

I did a couple of posts about “Giulia” Valentino last month: he’s a man who plays football on women’s teams. The Guardian had a Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Trans Ladies piece earlier this month about how mean everyone is to men who compete against women.

Five weeks later, speaking to the Guardian in a first media interview since the controversy, Valentino sought to set the record straight about the tournament final and make the case for including trans people in sports.

Issue isn’t sports. Issue is men muscling into women’s sports.

Commentators had suggested the game they played in, called the Dublin Junior J Shield football final, was for teenagers whereas it was for adults, with junior signifying

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On the mend

Sep 20th, 2022 12:14 pm | By

The National Review has more information on Fred Sargeant:

Fred Sargeant, 74, an early advocate for gay rights in the U.S. who participated in the 1969 Stonewall riots, said trans activists at Sunday’s parade in Burlington grabbed his signs, shoved him, poured coffee on his head, smacked him, knocked him to the ground, and stole his property because he held a sign and handed out pamphlets critical of the trans movement.

Sargeant told National Review that after the attack he was briefly sent to the hospital, where he underwent a CT scan, but is now home in central Vermont and “on the mend.”

That’s good to know.

In recent years, Sargeant has become an outspoken critic of the gender

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Don’t be like her

Sep 20th, 2022 11:09 am | By

Among the “counter-protesters” bullying feminists in Brighton on Sunday was one Carly-May Kavanagh, a “journalist” and staffer to misogynist MP for Brighton Lloyd Russell-Moyle. She won her 30 seconds of fame by yelling in the face of a man carrying a baby. (I don’t think I would take a baby to a protest, to be honest, but that’s a quibble.)

Kavanagh, along with another woman who has not been identified, hounded a father holding his small baby, taunting him and saying “you’re raising a little fascist.”

You can watch (and listen to) her doing it.

“You fucking fascist,” Kavanagh said to the man, a few feet from the face of his child. “You think that’s a good idea,

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Sep 20th, 2022 9:46 am | By


Why, yes…every teenager deserves the same development opportunity as every other teenager. So why is Dr Helen Webberley so hell-bent on destroying such development opportunities? Why does she promote the fad for terminating such opportunities and replacing them with gender parodies?… Read the rest

A caring, welcoming learning environment

Sep 20th, 2022 9:35 am | By

Reduxx has more on the Ontario teacher with the giant tits prosthetic:

The Ontario High School at the center of controversy for having a male teaching young students while donning a large prosthetic bust has issued a full defense of the teacher in a newly-leaked email sent to parents.

I wonder what they would say if a female teacher wore a comparably massive prosthetic penis while teaching.

Following the viral news, [Oakville Trafalgar High School] has now issued an email statement to parents in which they defend Lemieux’s employment status in the name of inclusivity.

“We are aware of discussion on social media and in the media regarding Oakville Trafalgar High School. We would like to take this opportunity

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